Friday, June 16, 2006

eHealth Literacy Skills

Journal of Medical Internet Research - eHealth Literacy: Essential Skills for Consumer Health in a Networked World

This interesting paper, by Cameron D Norman and Harvey A Skinner, has just been published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. They define the concept of eHealth literacy "as the ability to seek, find, understand, and appraise health information from electronic sources and apply the knowledge gained to addressing or solving a health problem".

The authors identify an outline set of fundamental skills consumers require to derive direct benefits from eHealth and a case study approach to ilustrate how these can be used.

This is an important area and the model presented may be useful to stimulate further work.

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